Well, this isn’t the thread I was going to do first, but it’ll suffice.
OP Title: “Some Kind of Publication” by Anonymous
Life: (Jan 14, 2012 to May 22, 2012)
Number of Posts: 51
Gross Word Count (including titles, names, file names, &c.): 7,321
Estimated Word Count (excluding titles, names, file names, &c.): 6,403
Overview: The idea for a regular /fic/ publication is presented and discussed.
Choice Quote (serious): “Of course, something makes me doubt this project will actually get off the ground. The whole thread seems to carry a 'sounds cool, but you do it' vibe.”
Choice Quote (humor): “Blogpony fiat trumps all.”
This is a curious thread, I will admit, and it has much bearing on understanding the politics of /fic/. As a quick summation, the publication was to have several different kinds of content, from simple advice to stories to news. The idea proposed and refined, and Filler even implemented it, but the fervor died away and Filler’s little blog didn’t really do much.
It is unfortunate, though, that no enterprising individual stole this like a hot potato and ran with it. Filler’s attempt was notable, and seems to still update occasionally, but it is sadly lacking. (http://pegasusquill.tumblr.com/
) I do like the idea of this particular tumblr blog, but it requires a great deal of work to maintain, so I do not blame anyone for not taking up that task.
Why this project never got off the ground, I believe, is due to two facts:>No one was willing to do the work.>The services proposed could already be found elsewhere, or were otherwise unneeded.
One of the incredible things about imageboards, and about /fic/ in particular, is that the more work you put into a project, the better it will do. If the project has enough merit, it may become great. If it isn’t such a swell idea, the thread will limp alongside the herd, painfully keeping pace with the pack. And let’s not forget /fic/ has a strong case of “if you build it, they will come.” I am biased in this regard, but I believe experimentation and innovation are key to keeping the board rosy-cheeked and spry.
Now, the /fic/ publication idea has its weak points, not least of which is the difficulty with getting out regular content. (I am sure to discover this with my own thread.) The other is simply a matter of being beaten to the punch. There are already many resources for everything from finding new fan-fiction to read to generic, but solid, writing advice. The publication would need to do these things better than they are already handled, whether by sheer good content, availability, visibility, or convenience. The first is doable with good writers, while the second and third are more difficult to accomplish on a “back-water board” as it was put in the thread. The last point may work, but requires large swaths of content from an accessible source, which I’m almost certain Equestria Daily has a monopoly on in the ponysphere.
Now, as the choice quote points out, having nifty ideas don’t really mean much. (Case in point, I’ve been sitting on my thread idea for months.) Implementation is the most important factor.
Though, seriously, if anyone wants to try to actually pull this off, feel free. It takes just one person to start soliciting and writing up advice columns, going around collecting underrepresented fics, noting news and events, and so on. Just be prepared for a lot of work and little help.
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